Eden Hazard describes his first season at Real Madrid as ‘the worst of his career’

After Real Madrid‘s La Liga triumph, Eden Hazard has agreed to have mixed feelings over his first season at Real Madrid. He called the 2019-20 campaign as “the worst season” of his career till date. The Belgian footballer has recently offered a frank assessment of his first year in the Spanish capital.

When Hazard completed a €100 million (£91m/$114m) move from Chelsea to Santiago Bernabeu last summer, much was expected of him. He was expected to fill in the boots of Portuguese winger and Galacticos, Cristiano Ronaldo who joined Juventus in 2018.

However, in the last one year, a series of niggling injuries have hampered the 29-year-old’s progress in Madrid. He has been restricted to just 21 appearances in all competitions for Zinedine Zidane’s side.

The winger has been a “little self-conscious”, according to Cesc Fabregas since his arrival at the Bernabeu. Hazard only scored once during that period, with his former Chelsea team-mate.

Eden Hazard hasn’t been completely satisfied with his contribution and has therefore been unable to fully revel in the club’s domestic success.

He said: “This year, we collectively won this league title, but I have surely had the worst season of my career individually.”

Asked to discuss French manager Zinedine Zidane’s role in Real Madrid’s run to a 34th top-flight crown, Eden Hazard responded:

“We all know Zidane as a player, he was the best. As a coach, we don’t even need to describe him anymore. He has shown, in just a few years, that he is already one of the best coaches.

“As a coach, he is like when he was a player. He is a simple person who knows how to say things at the right time. He trusts his players and his players trust him, that’s why it works.”

The former Chelsea star went on to praise the four Madrid stars that he believes have had the biggest impact on the team. Hazard opined that:

Karim Benzema is very nice on a daily basis, very simple. He is there to win games, to score goals. I think this year has shown again that it is simply the best,”

“There is also [Raphael] Varane. In my career, I have met great defenders, such as John Terry or Vincent Kompany. I think Varane, while still young, is already one of the best central defenders in the world.

“The partnership he forms with Sergio Ramos is great. As for [Ferland] Mendy, he has shown that he is not there just to look pretty. If the club has signed him, it means that he has qualities.

“It is never easy to get to a club, when you are young, and in a club like that. He has shown that he represents the future.”

With a clash against Leganes on Sunday, Hazard and Madrid will conclude their domestic schedule, before turning their attention to a Champions League round of 16-second leg showdown against Manchester City next month.

The mercurial winger also talked about Los Blancos’ chances of winning the domestic trophies and Champions League:

“It was a somewhat strange season, with everything that happened. The season is already very good, but I think it can be even better if we qualify in our second leg of the Champions League round of 16.

“When you play for Real Madrid, you want to win all the titles. The next one has to be the Champions League, although it will be difficult because we have to play in Manchester City and they have a very good team.”